Second Quarter Newsletter, June 2019

CHAPTER COORDINATOR’S MESSAGE

This brings wishes that you are enjoying a very special summer. Enjoy every moment, as the days pass by too fast. If you are unhappy with all the rain or the hot temperature be patient. Tomorrow it will change.

We held our Annual Tea on April 24 and it was a wonderful afternoon. We had interesting speakers, delicious food and many beautiful raffle items. The craft items were outstanding and a thanks to those of you who helped us out with your donations. However, best of all was your attendance. I always look forward to seeing you and regret that there is so little time to visit. Do know that each of you is very special and certainly appreciated. Once again, we had the help of associates from Kohl’s Department Store. They come ready to work and help in anyway necessary. Kohl’s requirement is that five associates must attend in order for our chapter to receive their grant. This year we were blessed with 12 associates. We have been doing this tea for many years and I welcome any feedback that you would like to share that you feel would make improvements. Please let me know.

There are going to be some major changes in the way that we issue the newsletter and the in-kind receipts starting in 2020. I will be covering this in the next few newsletters so that everyone will be well informed. The first quarterly newsletter for 2020 issued in April will be sent only electronically. Therefore, there will be no in-kind receipt sent. You should keep records of any donation that you make to Project Linus. The fourth quarter newsletter will be mailed, and it will include a list of your yearly donations. If for some reason you do not have access to a computer, you will need to let me know this. You have plenty of time to work this out. If we do not have your email on file send a notification to Helen McConnel at jhmcconnell@bellsouth.net

STASH YOUR FABRIC

5 Little Monkeys is a quilt shop located in downtown Weaverville offering a large variety of quilting fabric, supplies, classes and so much more. On July 6th they will be holding their first CLEAR YOUR STASH CLUB. This is an opportunity to rid your stash of fabric that you can’t remember why you bought, meanwhile putting it to good use and then replenishing your stash with fabric you can use. You can sew at home and or at the Monkeys on their special sew days. There will be patterns to choose from, and an opportunity to make a quilt or pillowcase for charity. The date of this first event will be July 6th. Their website, www.fivemonkeysquilt.com will provide more information.

DULL SCISSORS/KNIVES

I have just the answer for your problem. Terry Bozon of ISharpenit offers a sharpening service. I discovered him when I dropped off dull Project Linus scissors at 5 Little Monkeys in Weaverville. He was there on a Saturday morning and was just what scissors that had cut fleece for many years needed. He has been doing this for 18 years and shows up all over the area. He will be at the Foam and Fabric in Fletcher on 7/13 from 9-11 am, Asheville Cotton company 7/20 from 10-12 am, 5 Little Monkeys again in October. For more information check out his website www.isharpenit.com. Be sure to let him know that you are a Project Linus “blanketeer”.

MADISON COUNTY

It is my pleasure to announce that Nancy Fish has joined us as the contact person for Madison County. If you have blankets to donate, questions that need answers, wish for someone to talk to your group about Project Linus, she can be reached at 828-768-1344.

CAMP BOB

200 blankets have been delivered to Camp Bob located in Henderson County. This summer they will host 200 children who have a parent that is incarcerated or are part of a lower income family. It is wonderful that they are being given this opportunity and a blanket “hug” will mean so much to them.

FACILITIES

I am asking your help in locating new facilities that might wish to receive PL blankets. It has been sometime since we have added a new location and with the growth of this area, I know there are new needs out there. You can contact me at gknoefel@charter.net.

AMAZON

Reaching out to all of you online shoppers, here is an opportunity for you to help our National Project Linus which, in turn, helps all the local chapters. When shopping on Amazon, sign up for Amazon Smile which gives you the same options as Amazon but donates a portion of the purchase to the charity that you have requested. This past quarterly donation to Project Linus was $529.46, for a total to date of $7,299.07. This requires no extra effort on your part but can certainly help with expenses. Along with lots of hard work it takes $$$$ to run the headquarters of a national organization the magnitude of PL.

BLANKET DROP-OFF SITES

Asheville:

A.C. Moore Craft Store

River Ridge Shopping Center

Weaverville:

5 Little Monkeys Quilt and Sew

32 North Main Street

Hendersonville:

Grace Lutheran Church

1245 Sixth Avenue West

Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be. Grandma Moses

SECOND QUARTER STATISTICS

In Out

April 500 285

May 411 359

June 533 556

Second Quarter Totals 1,444 1,200

With these latest numbers our chapter has now distributed 72,791 blankets!

Number of knitted dolls and small animals donated and distributed this quarter: 163

Weighted blankets donated to date: 1,164

CONTACTS

Chapter Coordinator:

Ellen Knoefel 828-645-8800

Buncombe County:

Ennis Julian 702-499-3567

Cherokee, Clay and Graham Counties:

Ellen Knoefel 828-645-8800

Haywood County:

Mariam Howell 828-456-5154

Henderson County:

Helen McConnell 828-890-3067

Jackson and Macon Counties:

Ellen Knoefel 828-645-8800

Madison County:

Nancy Fish 828-768-1344

Mitchell County:

Janet Jackson 661-319-8286

Transylvania County:

Pat Crawford 828-883-8746

Yancy County:

Asta Jeffcoa 828-682-4373

Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be. Grandma Moses

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